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Simple Beauty Retouching Photoshop Tutorial For Photoshop Users With Moderate Experience
Here is a new Photoshop tutorial from PSD Magazine: Beauty Retouching by Ylenia Peronti. (Download the December 2010 issue of PSD Photoshop Magazine and use the source files.)
Open the picture, duplicate background layer and rename it In Healing. Select from the tools panel the Healing brush tool and remove all the imperfections of the skin as spots, pimples or little wrinkles. Then select the Clone stamp tool and with a size of 30px, define the lip contour, cloning parts of lips with a single, continuous movement.
Now duplicate the Healing layer and call it High Pass. Go to Filter>Other>High pass and set the radius on 10,0 px. Press Ok.
Now set the blending mode of the layer in Overlay and add a layer mask filled with black to this layer (Menu: Layer>Layer mask>Hide all). Using a white brush with a size of about 300px, paint in the blurry zone and the parts of the face that you want to make more defined. Then reduce the layer's Opacity (to 60% for example) to soften the image and give it a natural aspect.
Now create a new group and call it Skin. Now create a stamp of the layers (shortcut: [Alt]+[Ctrl]+[Shift]+[E]), duplicate this layer and move the two layers into the group Skin. Rename the layer below Blur and the layer above: High pass.
In the layer High pass, apply the High pass filter with a radius of 5px and press Ok. Set the blending mode of this layer to Soft light and go to Layer>Layer mask>Hide all. Now paint with a soft white brush only on the skin. Select Blur layer and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur and set the radius to 60px; press Ok. Now apply a layer mask as we did in the High pass layer, and paint the skin again (with white). Lower the Opacity of this layer to about 55%, to obtain a natural result.
Now the finishing touches. Create a new group and call it Adjustments. Create a new Selective color layer adjustment (Layer>New adjustment layer>Selective color) and set these values: Colors: Red: Cyan +28%; Magenta +7%; Yellow +4%;
Create a new curves layer (Layer>New adjustment layer>Curves) and create a curve like this to illuminate the picture.
Finaly, create a new levels adjustment layer (Layer>New adjustment layer>Levels), from the drop-down menu select Increase contrast 1 and the final result should look like this:
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